[This post contains 9 images.] Over the years I have collected garden paraphernalia, but eventually the weather takes it toll on everything; things get broken and colors fade. It is at this point these items usually get discarded. Well, I decided, not this time!
I grabbed soapy water, a wire brush, sandpaper, the dremel tool and paint and got to refurbishing the items.
The first pic in this post is a cute colorless frog given new life. The blue section behind the frog can hold water. A kind of mini pond. I think the birds will like this, however the frog might scare them off!
A broken bird feeder. I smoothed the broken edges with the dremel tool, sandpapered the rest and painted it. It is a hit with the birds, they love it!
A caterpillar made from a very thick metal spring. It was fairly rusted. I used a wire brush and sandpaper and painted it bright orange.
The birdbath. This is still fairly new, but the dull grey color got to me, so I painted it a cheerful yellow and added some painted stones.
A couple of old garden chairs inherited from the in-laws. These chairs are about 60 years old and still in good condition. A lick of paint and they look as good as new. (In case you are wondering, the dog in the pic is Coco.)
This strange but cute bird was a dull terracotta. The design on the bird had long since faded. I never took a before pic, but nevertheless this is the new design I gave it. Oh,la,la!
An old rusted stand which required a good cleaning. I used an anti-rust paint which is an interesting green with a gleam! I currently use this to store fruit.
While searching the house and garden for items to refurbish, I uncovered a number of frogs. A collection which I never realized I had until I gathered them all. Here we have the good, bad and ugly of frogs, but some are quite unique, all made by different artists.
Finally I just have this to say…
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